these gifs, this narrative

Posted: June 26th, 2013 | No Comments »

excellent as-it-happened coverage — with accompanying gifs — of the wendy davis filibuster at ann friedman.

“Stress-eating manchego while I watch the livestream with a hundred thousand other people.”

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people like to complain

Posted: June 26th, 2013 | No Comments »

INCLUDING MYSELF


from my facebook feed or “how to speak my language”

Posted: June 26th, 2013 | No Comments »

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1. politeness: CHECK

2. desire to delight: CHECK

3. promotion of high-priced organic cleanser: CHECK


people like to talk

Posted: June 21st, 2013 | No Comments »

JUST FIGURING THIS OUT


my food preferences, succintly

Posted: June 18th, 2013 | No Comments »

found this in an old email to ross. (why was i sending my food preferences)

THE FULL LIST FOR FUTURE NON-REFERENCE

dislikes: runny eggs, egg yolks in general when you can see them, olives, portobello mushrooms, watermelon
likes: tomatoes, limes, salad, 98% of vegetables, squash, brussel sprouts, cheese, butter, pasta, sauces (SAUCES)
occasional meat downfalls: chicken tenders, meatballs, salami


hashtags, stalking

Posted: June 18th, 2013 | No Comments »

first of all, some people are very good at hashtags:

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killing me. is this the point of hashtags?! just like, making jokes? #AARP


courtesy of ben

Posted: June 17th, 2013 | No Comments »

al green destroying. courtesy of ben ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


swim out to it

Posted: June 17th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

from the new york interview with paul feig, where he explains his cultural influences. number 16 on the list:

16. A “Don’t Wait for Your Ship to Come In—Swim Out to It” paperweight
It seems so trite, but I was at a very low point in my career with acting and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do. I went to an English store called Portrait of a Bookstore, and I saw this paperweight, like a fake scrimshaw thing, and I remember just staring at it thinking, That’s good advice! It was the weird kick in the pants that I needed. Start writing again. Start developing stuff. Just be self-sufficient. Do it yourself.


a professional guide

Posted: June 14th, 2013 | No Comments »

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SHORT! SHORT! SHORT!

Posted: June 13th, 2013 | No Comments »

Excerpted from Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto, where he discusses how he decided to make the film:

“Anyway story-wise, I came up with an idea, why not the direct approach. Since what I want is the Man’s foot out of our collective asses, why not make the film about a brother getting the Man’s foot out of his ass. That was going to be the thing.

Now to avoid putting myself into a corner and writing something that I wouldn’t be able to shoot, I made a list of the givens in the situation and tried to take those givens and juggle them into the final scenario.

GIVEN: 1. NO COP OUT.

a. I wanted a victorious film. A film where niggers could walk out standing tall instead of avoiding each other’s eyes, looking once again like they’d had it.

MUST LOOK AS GOOD AS ANYTHING CHUCK EVER DID.

a. Very delicate point. One of the problems faced by a black filmmaker (in fact any American independent filmmaker who wants to produce his own feature, just more so for a brother) is that Hollywood polishes its product with such a great deal of slickness and expensive perfection that it ups the ante. That is, if I made a film in black and white with poor sound, even if it had all the revolutionary and even story elements that anyone could hope it would have, brother would come out saying, well, shit, niggers can’t do anything right. I saw such and such a film in color and 35 mm and so on and so on, how come we have to make such rinky-dink stuff. Not realizing of course that the price of freedom is often poverty of means. Well I felt that this problem was a little too involved to attack, so I was determined that the film was going to look as good as anything one of the major studios could turn out.)

ENTERTAINMENT-WISE, A MOTHER FUCKER.

a. (I had no illusion about the attention level of people brain-washed to triviality.)

b. The film simply couldn’t be didactic discourse which would end up playing (if I could find a distributor) to an empty theater except fro ten or twenty aware brothers who would pat me on the back and say it tells it like it is.

c. If Brer is bored, he’s bored. One of the problems we must face squarely is that to attract the mass we have to produce work that not only instructs but entertains.

d. It must be able to sustain itself as a viable commercial product or there is no commercial product or there is no power base. The Man has an Achilles pocket and he might go along with you if at least there is some bread in it for him. But he ain’t about to go carrying no messages for you, especially a relevant one, for free.

A LIVING WORKSHOP.

a. I wanted 50 percent of my shooting crew to be third world people. (This could conflict with point 2 if a script was not developed extremely carefully.) So at best a staggering amount of my crew would be relatively inexperienced. Specifically, this meant that any type of film requiring an enormous technical sophistication at the shooting stage would not be possible.

BREAD.

a. SHORT! SHORT! SHORT!

b. Normal financing channels probably closed.

MONKEY WRENCHING.

a. I would have to expect a great deal of animosity from the film media (white in the first place and right wing in the second) at all levels of filmmaking. (I would have to double check my flanks at all times and not expose myself to the possibility of racism in everything from keeping tight security about the ‘real’ script to choosing location to dealing with the labs and perhaps a portion of the cast and crew too. As costly as it would be, I felt I would have to leave myself a security margin.)

UNKNOWNS AND VARIABLES.

a. CALIBER OF ACTORS.

b. CALIBER OF CREW.

c. I would have to write a flexible script where emphasis could be shifted. In short, stay loose.

I suppose I could have made an infinite list of liabilities and assets, especially liabilities… but anyway.”